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Lathom Junior School

Lathom Junior School

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!

Here, you will find out about all the learning that is taking place in Term 2.


As part of our English outcome, we focused on 2 units for our writing outcome: Newspaper Report (longer writing outcome based on Black History Month project) and Informal Letter (shorter writing outcome) writing to agony aunt in the role of a character, based on our focus text, Secrets of a Sun King. 

Newspaper Report

In phase 1, children explored a wide range of newspaper articles, exploring key features. They children analysed recounts drawn from a range of media and identified common features and differences. They summarise and present their findings and revise the use of reported speech. In phase 2, they watched a TV documentary, then through a hot seating activity they devised questions and evaluated how effective these have been at extracting relevant information. In phases 3 and 4, they formed news teams and researched their topic to report. They produced a plan, carried out interviews, collated and analysed the information they have gathered and then wrote an article or report. Overall, the key aspects of learning were measured through enquiry skills, information processing, evaluating the effectiveness of recount texts in a variety of forms, judging the effectiveness of their own work and on communication. 

Informal Letter: Writing a letter to Agony Aunt in the role of a character

In phase 1, children acted in the role of characters and through empathy skills, they explored feelings of characters from different viewpoints. Through dramatisation techniques like conscious alley and hot seating, they explored fractious relationships between friends and moral dilemmas characters faced, providing an opportunity to analyse decisive moments in greater detail. As a writing outcome, children wrote letters to agony aunt requesting for advice. 

Reading: Secrets of a Sun King

Our focus text is about the untold story of a young pharaoh . . .When Lilian Kaye finds a parcel on her grandad's doorstep, she is shocked to see who sent it: a famous Egyptologist, found dead that very morning, according to every newspaper in England! The mysterious package holds the key to a story:  about a king whose tomb archaeologists are desperately hunting for. Lil and her friends must embark on an incredible journey - to return the package to its resting place, to protect those they love, and to break the deadly pharaoh's curse.

The reading domains explored were retrieval skills: children retrieved and recorded information/identified key details from the text and non-fiction; inference: they inferred from the text and explained and justified inferences with evidence from the text; and explored vocabulary domain by explaining the meaning of words in context. 


Computing: Sharing information

In this unit, children developed their understanding of computer systems and how information is transferred between systems and devices. They considered small-scale systems as well as large-scale systems and learnt to explain the input, output, and process aspects of a variety of different real-world systems. Their final, collaborative online project with other class members helped them to develop their skills in working together online.


Science: Properties and changes of materials

In Science, children looked at how to recover a substance from a solution and use their knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating. Through practical investigations and scientific discussions, they demonstrated that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes. In addition, they also found out that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda. 


Maths: Multiplication, Division and Decimals

During the planning phase, we took into account potential lost learning during the lockdown period by adding in recap lessons. In the Multiplication unit, we explored multiples, factors, common factors, prime numbers and prime factorisation, square numbers to cube numbers. Children used a range of strategies in multiplication and division showing progression throughout the unit - place value counters and charts to represent groups of a number, grid method, short and long methods involving regrouping and remainders.  

Through the planning and teaching process, we continue to use the concrete, pictorial and abstract (CPA) approach with the whole class which enables pupils to inquire themselves- becoming independent learners and thinkers. It also provides a common language with which to communicate cognitive models for abstract ideas.


Geography: Location and Knowledge

Our focus was on contrasting localities between Peru and London. First, we looked at how to use 8 compass points then progressed to read four-figure grid references. They were also introduced to the geographical concept of scale, and map symbols. They compared the features of political maps to topographical maps to ordnance survey maps based on the two contrasting localities. As part of the geographical enquiry, children identified the physical and human features of Peru and the UK. Using Google Maps (satellite view) and Google Earth along with maps in atlases, they made general observations about the topography in both countries. They looked at major differences, for instance, Peru is covered mostly by green lush vegetation which is dark green (tropical rainforests), also a very brown spine runs down the west coast (Andes Mountains). They described and understood key aspects of the distribution of food. 


Religious Education

We explored which stories have developed from the ‘real’ Christmas story, what happens during Advent, how do Christmas traditions vary around the world, what is Epiphany and how is Epiphany celebrated around the world; and finally, expressing the themes of Christmas through drama.

PSHCE: Celebrating Differences

Children studied and understood that cultural differences sometimes cause conflict. Through discussion, they explored the concept of racism and how racism affects people’s lives. 


Black History Month

Year 5’s focus for Black History Month (BHM) was to explore the incredible life of Maya Angelou and the significant contributions she has made to the lives of countless people. As a year group, we reflected on the importance of BHM and the need for oral history to be recorded and how has ‘Black lives Matter’ changed how we view Black History, in light of the recent focus on George Floyd's death.

Below is a celebration of children’s work during Black History Month.